National Seminar on Maintenance of Kashmiri Language, Literature and Culture

Jammu, January 11(Scoop News) ––  Inaugurating three day “National Seminar–cum-Workshop on the Maintenance of Kashmiri Language, Literature and Culture” organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, in collaboration with J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Moti Koul, President, All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) in his presidential address stressed on the need of preserving and promoting the Kashmiri Language terming it as a soul of our existence. The language is the main component which edifices the richness of identity and culture of a community or a nation, he said. Our responsibility towards safeguarding Kashmiri Language doubles as the KP community is physically away from their land of birth. Our sustained link with our roots importantly depends how we treat our language. In this highly electronic, computer and communicative age we have to explore new methods to bring a permanent connect  among the youth  and the Kashmiri language will prove an essential factor in this regard  and in turn it will yield results of massive promotion of our language, which is as sweet as any other language of the word. To many, it is also a wrong notion that Kashmiri language is near annihilation. Even today we frequently quote Kashmiri sayings of Lal Ded and of Nund Reshi. Kashmiri language is the boon of seers and saints and it cannot die but we have to responsibly play our role in enriching it,  Kaul said.

Describing AIKS initiative as a step forward in this connection,  Kaul said, AIKS accords a focused attention to this sensitive issue. Though, various KP organizations are rendering their service to this issue but the need of the hour is to create a group of authorities on this subject, he suggested.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Prof Omkar Koul highlighted the objectives of Center for Kashmiri Language, Literature and Culture. He also gave a brief of the projects undertaken by the center towards the preservation of Kashmiri language. Dr. Romesh Raina, General Secretary AIKS presented a brief report of AIKS initiative towards the Kashmiri language and the steps undertaken by AIKS in keeping it afloat. On this occasion special issues of monthly AIKS Journal NAAD and quarterly literary Kashmiri Journal VAAKH were released.

Eminent playwright and theatre personality Padam Moti Lal Kemmu, was felicitated for his contribution towards theater, and Kashmiri language on this occasion. K K Khosa, Senior Vice President, AIKS and President KP Sabha Amphalla complimented AIKS for showing concern towards their effort in language preservation in Diaspora.

Among various prominent personalities who were present on the occasion include Vijay Bakaya(MLC), Dr KL Chowdhary and Dr Minakshi Kilam.

 About fifty noted Kashimri scholars, writers from various parts of the country and overseas will be presenting their papers on the subject including Prof R L Shant, Dr Afaq Aziz and A N Koul  Saheb. During the seminar, some books written in Kashmiri will be released which includes Kashmiri translation of SHIV SUTRA by Prof Zafar Mustafa also.

The seminar is expected to come out with the recommendations about the long term sustenance of Kashmiri language and culture.

  The program was conducted by renowned scholar and an authority on language, Dr Roop Krishen Bhat.

The programme started with a two minute silence as homage to late Shyam Kaul, a veteran journalist and a thinker who recently breathed his last at Delhi.